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Open House
for Accepted Ph. D. Students

March 4 - 6 2013

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The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University invites you to visit us on Monday-Wednesday, March 4-6, 2013. If you plan to attend, you must notify us by Friday, February 8.

U. S. and International Travel

The Robotics Institute will pay for your airfare, lodging, and meals from March 4-6, 2013. You will be expected to arrange your ground transportation before you leave for Pittsburgh and after you return to your destination. If you are traveling from within the United States, Suzanne Muth will make flight reservations for you through CTS International, Inc. or, if you prefer, you may make your own ticket online. However, you should confirm the itinerary and cost with Suzanne prior to purchasing the ticket. If you are traveling internationally, you will need to make your own flight reservations. For international travelers, the Robotics Institute will pay a maximum of $600 for your plane ticket. If you plan to drive, we will also reimburse you for mileage.

If you plan to visit other schools on the same trip, we will divide the cost equally such that our share does not exceed $600. If you need to make a change to the ticket after it has been issued, please contact Irene at CTS International, Inc. (cts@usaor.net, (412) 371-8444) or the agency where you purchased your ticket. It will be your responsibility to cover any additional costs. Please plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to departure, thus avoiding any additional expense to you for a missed flight.

When you arrive at the Pittsburgh International Airport, proceed to the baggage claim area. there is a ground transportation desk if you need assistance. there are several ways to reach Carnegie Mellon University from the airport:


Several students have agreed to host you in their homes for the weekend. Your host will get in touch with you after you have confirmed your attendance with Suzanne Muth. If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, please notify Suzanne and she will make the necessary arrangements.

Getting Around

A graduate student, usually your host, will be assigned to you for the weekend to make sure you get to where you need to be.


Casual. Comfortable shoes suggested.


You may want to check www.weather.com. March can be somewhat unpredictable. Generally it is still chilly, but in years past we have seen some mild temperatures in March.


Please contact Suzanne Lyons Muth at (412) 268-3733 or lyonsmuth@cmu.edu by February 8.

We hope you can visit on this weekend! We request that you arrive on Monday, March 4 in time to make the kick-off graduate student dinner which begins at 7:00 p.m. and to schedule a return flight on Wednesday, March 6 after 5:00 p.m., if possible.

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the Robotics Institute Open House Schedule

Monday, March 4

Afternoon arrival in Pittsburgh.
If you are arriving by air, you will be met at Pittsburgh International Airport by a current Robotics student (most likely your host).
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner Party with Robograds at the National Robotics Engineering Center

Tuesday, March 5

Transportation by your host to NREC, Robotics Institute, and dinner at the Le Mont.
9:00 a.m. Breakfast in Newell Simon Hall 3305
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Welcome and Intro to the Robotics Doctoral Program - Reid Simmons, Chair of the Robotics Doctoral Program
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Planetary Robotics Laboratory, Gates Hillman Complex (GHC) 1200 (David Wettergreen)
11:30-12:00 p.m. Biorobotics Laboratory - Newell Simon Hall A403 (Howie Choset)
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch in Newell Simon Hall 3305 - provided by Mad Mex
1:00-1:30 p.m. Vision Group Presentation - Newell Simon Hall 3305 (Martial Hebert)
1:30-2:00 p.m. Search-based Planning Laboratory - Newell Simon Hall 1612 (Maxim Likhachev)
2:00-5:00 p.m. Student/Faculty Appointments
5:30-6:15 p.m. "Things You Can Do in Robotics, at CMU, and in Pittsburgh", Newell Simon Hall 3305
6:45 p.m. Dinner at the Le Mont - Top of Mt. Washington
evening Get Together with other grads - graduate students hosts

Wednesday, March 6

All day Student/Faculty Appointments
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast in Newell Simon Hall 3305
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Personal Robotics Laboratory - Newell Simon Hall, 4th floor (Siddhartha Srinivasa)
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. CoBot Robots - Gates Hillman Complex (GHC) 7412 (Manuela Veloso/Juan Pablo Mendoza)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch with all Robotics Graduate Students - Newell Simon Hall 1507
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Legged Dynamic Systems - Wean Hall 1302 (Hartmut Geyer)
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. MoCap Laboratory/Humanoid Robot - Wean Hall 1334 (Chris Atkeson)
2:00 p.m. Continue with Student/Faculty Appointments until departure